Darryl Davenport started Ballroom Dancing when he was seven years of age and has currently been teaching Ballroom Dancing for over 30 years. Darryl has vast experience teaching group and private lessons from beginners to advanced dancers. Darryl is a multiple State, Australian and New Zealand Professional DanceSport Champion and has coached multiple State and Australian Champions. Darryl is registered with DanceSport Australia as a Professional Coach and Adjudicator.
Darryl has always had an interest in sharing his love and passion for dance starting back in 2003 when he taught movement to disabled students for the Active Foundation. He was instrumental in starting Perth’s only same sex not-for-profit class, OUTdance, and has been coach of the Western Australian Masters Formation Team since its incorporation. Darryl is also the driving force and the professional responsible for the introduction of both Ability dancing (for people with intellectual disabilities) and Wheelchair Ballroom Dancing (Para-dance) to Western Australia.
Having performed, won and coached for varying dance competitions and businesses across Australia and New Zealand over the course of 30 years, an accomplished Darryl Davenport has moved on to spread his passion for the arts in providing opportunities for expression through dance for individuals of all ages and abilities via his business ‘Ballroom Fit’. With a strong community focus reflected in his work towards establishing classes catering to the elderly and disabled, Darryl has vastly influenced the Western Australian Dance scene, earning him the 2019 Curtin University Alumni Community Service Award for his outstanding achievements, dedication and service to his community. He aspires to continue this journey towards inclusive dance coaching on a global/national scale.
Darryl’s resolve in focusing on individuals’ abilities, not their disabilities, has led to the vast success ballroom fit is known for today. Darryl offers 5 styles of classes, taking time to cater to all individuals that wish to dance, with options to privatise dance lessons for both group and one on one sessions. With a highly capable and qualified ensemble of staff members specialising in different backgrounds of dance, education and catering to special needs, Ballroom Fit has flourished in the disability dance sector, differentiating from competing dance schools to cater to every client, big or small.
Darryl has recently been recognised with the following awards:
2021 City of South Perth Community Citizen of the Year
2020 WADSA Community Service Provider of the Year
2019 Curtin University Alumni Community Service Award